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evermore (2020)

“closure” is the 14th track on Taylor’s ninth album, evermore (2020). It is a wild industrial-folk number with Nine Inch Nails-style drums in which the narrator lays into an ex who can’t stand the idea that she’s still mad at him.

Background and Lyrical Theme

The song is possibly about Taylor’s history with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. The pair was under intense scrutiny after refusing to let Taylor own her own the rights to her first six major studio albums. In her Apple Music Awards 2020 interview, Taylor noted that closure is one of the overarching themes on the album:

«evermore deals a lot in endings of all sorts, shapes, and sizes, all the kinds of ways we can end a relationship, a friendship, something toxic, and the pain that goes along with that.»

Taylor Swift
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Taylor confirmed that other songs like “my tears ricochet” and “mad woman” were inspired by her former Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta and music industry bigwig Scooter Braun. “I found myself being very triggered by any stories, movies, or narratives revolving around divorce,” she said, while acknowledging that she had not experienced a marriage dissolution firsthand.

Production

“closure” is mostly written in 5/4 time, an untraditional meter that helps to convey a more dissonant feeling. In the song, there are parts where Taylor’s vocals are filtered through the Messina, which is a vocal modifier that Justin Vernon uses a lot in his work with Bon Iver. Vernon was deeply involved in this album, even more so than folklore (2020).

Commercial Performance

All of the tracks on evermore debuted inside the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously; “closure” peaked at No. 82.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s been a long time
And seeing the shape of your name
Still spells out pain
It wasn’t right
The way it all went down
Looks like you know that now

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, your closure

[Verse 2]
Don’t treat me like
Some situation that needs to be handled
I’m fine with my spite
And my tears, and my beers and my candles
I can feel you smoothing me over

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing bettеr
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your lеtter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, your closure
Your closure, your closure

[Bridge]
I know I’m just a wrinkle in your new life
Staying friends would iron it out so nice
Guilty, guilty, reaching out across the sea
That you put between you and me
But it’s fake and it’s oh so unnecessary

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, closure, your closure
Your closure

General Information
Albumevermore
ReleasedDecember 11, 2020
Recorded2020
GenreAlternative
Adult Contemporary
Length3:01
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Aaron Dessner
ProducersAaron Dessner
BJ Burton
James McAlister
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